THS Annual Study Day 2020 - The Trumpet-Major
Dr Faysal Mikdadi (THS Academic Director) 'The Trumpet-Major: A Happy Wessex Pastoral Romance or a Clumsy Historical Narrative?'
Jerry Bird (Folklore Society, Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society) '“Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy”: Songs From the French Wars'
Andrew North (Military Historian) and Mark North (Dorset County Museum) 'A Ridge in Wessex: South Dorset During the Napoleonic Wars'
And a performance by the New Hardy Players
Additional Speakers: Dr Tracy Hayes (THS Secretary, Independent Researcher) 'Hardy's Silly Soldiers'
Dr Andrew Hewitt (Previously of Hull University) 'Time, Memory and Emotion in The Trumpet-Major'
2020 marked the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Trumpet-Major. Hardy classed it as one of his 'Romances and Fantasies', and it was much more warmly received by his contemporaries than its predecessor The Return of the Native. It has been described as a humorous, picturesque, romantic tale based on historical fact, one of a number of works Hardy wrote revolving around the Napoleonic Wars, including The Dynasts and a number of short stories. Containing passages of both hilarity and poignancy, it records the interruption into rural routine of a military presence readying itself for battle with Bonaparte, and how this impacts upon the lives of the Lovedays, the Garlands and the Derrimans.
To view each paper presented, please see each speaker's name under Associated Pages on the right.